"PEOPLE who say things about beauty peagants don't know what they're talking about and should enter one to experience it."
So said UCC Commerce student Katriona O'mahony after she was crowned Miss Cork Universe at the Rcohestown Park Hotel last weekend.
"It is about how you carry yourself and teaches girls how to be self-confident which is important," explaimed the 22 year-old, who decided at the last minute to enter the competition.
The annual Miss Cork and Miss Cork Universe competition took place last Saturday and Katriona from Bandon said she was stunned to be announced the winner of the Miss Cork Universe crown.
Meanwhile, the newly crowned Miss Cork is 18 year-old Susan Kate Brosnan from Montenotte.
A primary teaching and pychology student at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, she said: "I haven't done much modelling before so this is all new for me and to get a 12- month contract with Lockdown Modelling is a great opportunity.
"I am just looking to representing Cork over the next year"
Both girls have former Miss Ireland Universe Roz Purcell on hand to offer some advice as they get ready to compete in the 2012 Miss Ireland final which takes place on April 28.